Bit of a long shot but I'm trying to remember a book that I read as a young boy, around 1980 or so.

Primarily a picture book that featured a boy who lived on a farm, who went out at night on an adventure, and there was a combine harvester he mistook for a monster. I also seem to remember a character as a fox.

  • Was there a SF/F element to the story?
    – phantom42
    Commented Nov 28, 2015 at 23:50
  • Not so much sci-fi, but definitely fantasy. Commented Nov 28, 2015 at 23:52
  • If you remember what it was, or anything else about the story, it would be helpful to add to your question.
    – phantom42
    Commented Nov 28, 2015 at 23:53
  • Sure, I will. As I said, it's a long shot as my memory of it is very vague... Commented Nov 28, 2015 at 23:56
  • Can't possible be what you are looking for, but the young protagonist of Varley's The Golden Globe has a fearful encounter with the Daewoo-Caterpillar. Commented Nov 29, 2015 at 4:24

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This sounds like The Werefox (original title Pure Magic), by Elizabeth Coatsworth, published in 1975.

I haven't read it myself, but it is described as a book about a boy and his friend, who is a werefox, having adventures at night (when his friend becomes a fox). I haven't located any explicit mention of encountering a combine, but it certainly seems like it could be plausible given the story's setting on an English farm.

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